Catering at The Boatshed:
Our Preferred Wellington CBD Venue


Located right in the heart of Wellington Waterfront with its spectacular views on the inner harbour, The Boatshed is one of Wellington’s premium venues for corporate events, private functions and weddings.

The Boatshed is a heritage building and a focal point of Wellington’s Waterfront Development. It combines the charm and character of yesteryear with a full range of modern facilities whilst being surrounded by the panorama of Wellington City by day and lights by night with balconies overlooking the lagoon and sea.

Available for hire for all types of functions including conferences, product launches, cocktail functions, dinners and weddings to name a few. The Boatshed is the perfect venue for as few as 25 people as well as larger numbers up to its legal maximum capacity of 300. The venue features a main room with a spacious wooden floor as well as an adjoining carpeted bar/lounge area which can be separated with dividing doors.

With all natural lighting from the large picture frame windows, the facilities include modern bathrooms, disability access lift, large kitchen, reception area, full central heating and secure storage. When you hire The Boatshed, there is access for your event suppliers for delivering and picking up. Car parking at the venue can be arranged on request for a maximum of four vehicles.

Accommodation is all within walking distance with several hotels close by.

Surrounded by panoramic water and cityscape views, the Boatshed offers an ideal venue for your wedding reception, ceremony or private function.

An additional deck area between the Wellington Rowing Club and Boatshed can be booked for your ceremony or for guests to enjoy their first glass of champagne on arrival. A marquee can also be erected on the deck by Hiremaster. The Boatshed offers a perfect location for your wedding photographs with the historic building or the steps leading down to the lagoon as beautiful backgrounds. When you hire The Boatshed for a wedding or private function you have the venue from 11am on the day. The hire period extends through to 10am the following morning to allow for collection of any belongings or hireage from the previous night. Capacity for a seated meal is 200 people or 300 people for a cocktail function. 


The Boatshed is administered by the Star Boating Club Preservation Charitable Trust whose core focus is to maintain the heritage building home of the Star Boating Club and support rowing.The Star Boating Club is understood to be the oldest surviving sports club in the North Island. The Boatshed/Star Boating Club building on the Wellington Waterfront has been home to the Club since 1886 and was registered as a Category 1 Historic Place by Historic Places Trust in June 2009.


The Star Boating Club building has been the shoreward destination for rowers since Wellington’s colonial days. A shifting presence in Wellington’s cityscape, the building has twice accompanied the tides of reclamation.

Built in 1874, it was designed to travel – being built on heavy bearers to enable it to be moved as Wellington harbour reclamations proceeded. In 1889 the building was towed behind a contractor’s steam engine onto the site adjacent to the Free Ambulance station building where it became known as Downstage Theatre on Cable Street. The final move was carried out in 1991 when The Boatshed became a focal point for the Lambton Harbour Waterfront Development along with its sister building, the Wellington Rowing Club.

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